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ABC + IBP = Value

Activity based costing (ABC) provides managers with a detailed method of allocating overhead costs and understanding profitability. Integrating ABC with integrated business planning (IBP) positions finance leaders to pivot their business models and optimize operations.

As managers look to scale efficiently and reinvent business models, capabilities like ABC and IBP create immense value.

Understanding the Synergy

Activity based costing is a method that assigns costs to products and services based on the resources they consume. This approach offers a more accurate picture of organisational costs and profitability.

Integrated business planning, on the other hand, is a holistic planning approach that aligns strategic planning, finance, supply chain, sales, and marketing functions within a business.

ABC and IBP combine to create a robust framework for more informed decision-making, driven by financial intelligence and operational insights.

Benefits of Integration

  1. Enhanced Cost Transparency: ABC provides detailed insights into the true cost drivers in various business processes. When integrated with IBP, it allows for a more transparent view of how different business activities impact the bottom line.

  2. Improved Strategic Planning: With ABC data feeding into the IBP process, businesses can make more informed strategic decisions, prioritising initiatives that offer the best return on investment.

  3. Optimised Resource Allocation: By understanding the real cost of business activities, organisations can allocate resources more efficiently, focusing on high-value activities.

  4. Increased Profitability: This integration helps in identifying and eliminating non-value-adding activities, thereby increasing overall profitability.

Steps for Effective Implementation

  • Data Integration: Ensure seamless integration of financial and operational data. This requires robust IT infrastructure and data management systems.

  • Stakeholder Engagement: Align all departments – from finance to operations – to understand and support the ABC-IBP integration.

  • Training and Development: Invest in training your team to understand and effectively use the integrated system.

  • Continuous Improvement: Regularly review and refine the ABC and IBP processes to adapt to changing business environments.


Integrating Activity-Based Costing with Integrated Business Planning is a strategic necessity in today’s data-driven business world. It offers FP&A leaders and managers valuable insights into cost management and operational efficiency, driving more informed decision-making and sustainable growth.

To stay ahead in competitive markets, effective managers embrace this integration, and leverage its potential to transform their strategic planning and execution.


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